Full Moon Fever- Tom Petty (1989)

Tom Petty is an instantly recognizable name to almost anyone who has taken interest in the radio in the past four-and-a-half to five decades. Having played the majority of his career with 'The Heartbreakers' most prominently, not including being a major voice in the supergroup 'The Traveling Wilburys', as well as having dabbled in solo projects among other things.

Petty made such a huge impact on the music industry during the span of his career, with his work spanning across 17 or so albums, as well as 3 posthumous releases. Most prominently, known for his work with 'The Heartbreakers', Petty's longtime bandmates from 1976 until their final tour in 2017.

In particular, 'Full Moon Fever' came into existence due to Petty's friendship and collaboration with Jeff Lynne, the co-founder of 'Electric Light Orchestra'. Featuring most of Petty's longtime bandmates, 'The Heartbreakers'. As well as Lynne's help on the album, the LP also featured George Harrison and Ringo Starr of 'The Beatles'. Reinvigorating Petty and also giving his time with 'The Heartbreakers', a much-needed break.


Track listings as they appear on the album:

  1. 'Free Fallin'- 4:16

  2. 'I Won't Back Down'- 2:58

  3. 'Love Is A Long Road'- 4:07

  4. 'A Face In The Crowd'- 3:59

  5. 'Runnin' Down A Dream- 4:52

  6. 'Feel A Whole Lot Better'- 2:49

  7. 'Yer So Bad'- 3:05

  8. 'Depending On You'- 2:48

  9. 'The Apartment Song'- 2:32

  10. 'Alright For Now'- 2:00

  11. 'A Mind With A Heart Of It's Own'- 3:31

  12. 'Zombie Zoo'- 2:58


Without a doubt, 'Full Moon Fever' is probably one of the most recognized and most popular albums by Petty. Consisting of all-time classics like 'I Won't Back Down', 'Runnin' Down A Dream', and 'A Face In The Crowd' just to name a few. Adding more fuel to the fire that was Tom Petty's living legacy. Almost everyone has either heard or in many cases, enjoyed a song of his in their lifetime. Primarily because most of his discography consisted of relateable and situational songs about love, relationships, and the ideal nature of how we want them to be.

After this album's completion, Petty would continue his work with Jeff Lynne and George Harrison, later recruiting two more artists in Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison. The group would later form 'The Traveling Wilburys' in the following months. Releasing two albums with the supergroup, before reforming the band that he called home. Releasing another six albums under 'Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers', as well as two albums with Petty's former band, 'Mudcrutch'.

Shortly after wrapping their final tour in 2017, Petty was found in his home suffering from cardiac arrest. He passed away on October 2, 2017, at around 8:40 pm at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California. Petty had passed due to an accidental drug overdose.

Tom Petty may be gone, but he'll never be forgotten.

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